See How Soy Sauce Has Been Made for 750 Years

In Yuasa Town, Japan.

By
Food & Beverage
4,132 Hypes 0 Comments

In 1254, a Buddhist monk returned to Japan from China and settled in Yuasa Town in the Wakayama Prefecture — he brought back with him new skills including a process for making miso. The liquid byproduct of the miso-making process would turn out to be modern soy sauce — consisting of soy beans, wheat, salt and water. The process for soy sauce making is both labor and time intensive and the artisan task has been passed down from generation to generation.

Simply put, the process starts with soy beans and roasted wheat in a koji mold where it is stored for four days to allow the koji starter to break down the sugar in the grain for fermentation. Then salt and water are mixed in and the mixture is transferred into large wooden barrels to ferment for 18 months to three and a half years. In this time span, the mixture is stirred constantly by hand. At the end of the fermentation period, the mixture is poured into cloth bags and nama soy sauce is extracted. Nama soy sauce is heated in traditional iron pots with red pine logs for over half a day with scum removed by hand before being bottled and shipped as soy sauce.

Check out the video by National Geographic and Mile Nagaoka above.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

The Killers Turn up the Heat With Four Hand-Made Hot Sauces
Food & Beverage

The Killers Turn up the Heat With Four Hand-Made Hot Sauces

Peep Brandon Flower’s favorite sauce.

New Balance's New SDL750s Are Made for Summertime Outings
Footwear

New Balance's New SDL750s Are Made for Summertime Outings

Comfort in warm-weather.

'The Simpsons' Has Just Been Renewed for Two More Seasons
Entertainment

'The Simpsons' Has Just Been Renewed for Two More Seasons

Increasing its legacy to 34 seasons and 757 total episodes.


Japan Has Created a Touchscreen Rhythm Game Pad for Your Phone
Gaming

Japan Has Created a Touchscreen Rhythm Game Pad for Your Phone

The crowdfunded project is now taking pledges.

adidas Resurrects David Beckham's Iconic "Champagne" Predators
Footwear

adidas Resurrects David Beckham's Iconic "Champagne" Predators

Along with the likes of a matching PureControl UltraBOOST.

Take a Look at Fyre Festival's Ridiculous Pitch Deck
Music

Take a Look at Fyre Festival's Ridiculous Pitch Deck

The latest embarrassment for the festival’s organizers.

Take a Look Inside the fragment design x Louis Vuitton Pop-Up Store in London's Harrods
Fashion 

Take a Look Inside the fragment design x Louis Vuitton Pop-Up Store in London's Harrods

The collaboration hits the U.K.


visvim Drops Leopard-Spotted Takes on the FBT & CHRISTO
Footwear

visvim Drops Leopard-Spotted Takes on the FBT & CHRISTO

Two bold renditions of Hiroki Nakamura’s signature footwear.

Dover Street Market Is Holding a Huge Stock Sale in London
Fashion

Dover Street Market Is Holding a Huge Stock Sale in London

Discounts of up to 80% on archival pieces from every COMME des GARÇONS brand.

UPDATE: Hiroshi Fujiwara Teases Brand New fragment design x Nike T-Shirts
Fashion

UPDATE: Hiroshi Fujiwara Teases Brand New fragment design x Nike T-Shirts

Could there be a special collection in the works?

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Adblock Detected.

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. If you enjoy our content, please add us to your adblocker's whitelist. We'd really appreciated it.